Families

Jim Mayer returns to Maine to spread Anti-Bullying message

Uncle Jim, better known to adults as Jim Mayer of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band, returns to Maine to help spread his anti-bullying message through song and fun activities.  He calls these rallies IM4U.  The rallies build awareness and educate children the following principles:

* Empowerment through RESPONSIBILITY
* Empowerment through OBSERVATION
* Empowerment through CHOICE
* Empowerment through KNOWLEDGE

He will take kids through the steps of dealing with bullies, which he calls the three R’s: recognize, refuse, and report. “Each of us is empowered today if we only behave like a baby trying to walk,” he explains. “When we fall, we get up.

Maine Eastern Railroad has announced that it will operate two special Bunny Trains

Maine Eastern Railroad has announced that it will operate two special Bunny Trains

To celebrate the arrival of spring, Maine Eastern Railroad has announced that it will operate two special Bunny Trains on Saturday, April 23rd.

The current schedule calls for two separate round trip trains on that day, both departing from the historic downtown passenger depot in Rockland. The first train will leave the station at 11:00AM; and the second train will leave the station at 12:15PM. Each trip
will last approximately 35 minutes.

Called the Spring Bunny Special, and complete with a cute and cuddly costumed bunny, the event is designed for children of all ages. Be sure to bring your cameras.

According to a railroad spokesperson, this event is the result of several inquiries and requests over the years.

Maine Maple Sunday Celebration in Poland

Maine Maple Sunday Celebration in Poland

A sure sign of spring is the coming of Maine Maple Sunday, celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday in March. This year it falls on Sunday, March 27th.

One of the more eventful local Maple Sunday celebrations is held annually at the Megquier Hill Farm at 260 Megquier Hill Road in Poland. The farm is the home of Peter and Kathie Bolduc and their 4 children. Nestled in the lower back field of this historic 1791 farmstead is their maple sugar house. Each year they welcome the public to come and experience the delight of the sap boiling down into its most perfect state: pure maple syrup.

Their celebration starts at 9am and runs until about 3pm. Visitors are treated to a hay wagon ride down to the sugarhouse.

Public Baked Bean and Macaroni & Cheese Supper - Yarmouth

A public baked bean and macaroni and cheese supper will be held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main Street, Yarmouth.  Featured are three types of baked beans, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, homemade pies and biscuits, beverages.  Adults $7.00 and children $3.00.  for more information, call 846-3773 or 846-5894.

 

A week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine

A week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine

PORTLAND, ME – March 14, 2011 – It will be a week of wish granting for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine as they work to grant wishes to three local children between March 22 - 29.

“It isn’t only one day these kids see their wish come true,” said Kate Vickery, program director at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine. “It’s the build up of excitement and magic that stretches on to create lasting memories for these deserving kids.”

On March 19, Lucien, 6, of Gorham will have a party at Longhorn Steakhouse in South Portland to celebrate with friends and family the granting of his wish: To meet characters from Walt Disney’s Toy Story. Lucien and his family will leave for Walt Disney World® days later, where he’ll meet the official Toy Story characters.

Community Bean Supper - Falmouth

There will be a community Bean Supper on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 at the Falmouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ on 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, Maine from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Beans, casseroles, salads and pies will be served.  Adults $8.00 and children 12 and under $4.00.  For more information, please call 781-3413.

Reindeer's High School Band Competition to Benefit Teen Agencies

Reindeer's High School Band Competition to Benefit Teen Agencies

The statewide high school rock band competition called The Off-Ramp is rounding the fourth curve and heading into the homestretch-but not before the nine competing bands learn a lesson in giving back to the community. The Off-Ramp is the brainchild of Reindeer Records, the creators of the popular Rock-Off competition that helped out thousands of young musicians since it began in 1984. The new competition is designed to provide a more intense learning experience for the young competitors and leave a long-lasting impact on their peers. Since being selected in November, the bands have had to face various music-industry tasks-songwriting, video documenting their recording studio experience, and marketing. Their fourth task is Live Event Production, for which Reindeer created three teams of three bands with the goal of producing an all-ages show to benefit designated youth groups.